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Practical Lessons for Understanding the Word of God

Suffering a Faith Failure


KEY PASSAGE: Numbers 1314 | SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: Joshua 1:5-9 | Psalm 27:1-2 | Proverbs 3:5-6
1 Thessalonians 5:24 | 2 Timothy 1:7

overthrow the inhabitants than they were on Gods


SUMMARY
great provision for them. They said, We are not able
Often, Gods answer to our prayers about to go up against the people, for they are too strong for
challenging circumstances is Trust Me. us (Num. 13:31).
The people of Israel experienced a faith failure. Even
This is because the first step in overcoming our
though God had promised to give them the land, they
difficulties is to focus on the Father and have
refused to believe Him. They considered the obstacles
faith in His direction. We express our absolute
simply too immense to overcome. Regrettably, this
confidence that even though the solution may be
faith failure resulted in 40 years of wandering in the
far beyond us, He knows what to do. And we can be
wilderness, and an entire generation of Israelites
assured that the Lord will lead us in the best way
missed the blessings of the Promised Land.
possible because He loves us unconditionally.
When we have faith in God, it glorifies Him. The Causes of Failing Faith
Unfortunately, when we fail to trust the Father, it
Likewise, we experience faith failures when we refuse
dishonors Him. He shows us how to proceedhow
to trust God in our own challenges, temptations,
to have victory in our circumstancesbut we refuse
and difficulties. What causes these breakdowns in
to obey Him. It may be because we believe we know
our trust?
better than the Lord does about our situations. Or
n Fear of failure. When we consider our trials from
maybe we are simply fearful of what may happen if
we submit to His commands. Either way, we allow our our own ability to handle them, it is normal for us to
unbelief to rule us and miss His best for our lives. become afraid. However, it is not up to us to solve
our problemsthis is Gods responsibility when
were living in obedience to His commands. David
SERMON POINTS understood this and wrote, The Lord is my light
A Historic Faith Failure and my salvation; whom shall I fear?(Ps. 27:1). We
have nothing to dread because God is with us, and
One of the most devastating examples of unbelief He is greater than anything we will ever face. We
occurred when the people of Israel gathered at the edge cannot allow fear to cheat us out of His blessings
of Canaanthe Promised Land (Num. 1314). Although (2 Tim. 1:7).
God had faithfully delivered them from Egypt and led n Listening to false information. We must always be
them successfully through the wilderness, they were careful about whom we ask for advice. Others may
still unwilling to trust Him. not understand what the Lord is accomplishing in
It began when God commanded the Israelites to our lives or what Hes promised us. Therefore, they
send 12 spies into Canaan to inspect the fruit of the may counsel us in a way that works contrary to His
region. Sadly, only two returned with positive reports will. This is why Gods direction must always take
of the land, which flowed with milk and honey. The precedence in our livesonly He knows what is
other 10 spies were more focused on their inability to possible and how we can reach our full potential.

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We must obey Him regardless of what others say. forward with Gods commands, but it also keeps us
n Failing to recall the power of God in past connected to His unfailing love and presence.
situations. The Lord is intimately involved in n Second, we must plant the right seeds in our
our livesblessing us and working through our minds and hearts. We must examine what we tell
circumstances to reveal His goodness to us. ourselves. Do we think about how God has helped
However, it is easy to forget this when were focused us in the past and the promises of His Word, or
on our problems. This is why it is always necessary do we rehearse our failings?Sowing the truth of
for us to actively recount the ways the Father has Scripture and knowledge of His unfailing character
worked in our lives. It gives us confidence He will in our minds and hearts will always yield great
help us again. courage, joy, and peace.
n Failing to consider Gods perspective. The Lord n Third, we must keep our focus on God. We have
desires that we learn to depend upon Him. This no reason to fail as long as our focus is on our all-
means He must put us in situations that are far knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present Lord. He
beyond our ability to control, so well turn to Him. delights in helping those who seek His face and are
First Thessalonians 5:24 tells us, Faithful is He obedient to Him.
who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.We
must trust that the Father will accomplish all Hes RESPONSE
promised.
Is your faith floundering?Are you facing an
n Focusing on the obstacles rather than God. We
overwhelming challenge that seems much greater
will always be tempted to fear the challenges before
than you can handle? Have you become doubtful that
us. We catalog our weaknesses and dwell on what
there can be a good outcome to the problem youre
we lackimagining our trials to be much larger than
encountering? It may very well be that your focus
they actually are. This shows our focus is misplaced.
is distorted and youre in danger of failing to trust
Instead we must pray to God, who is omnipotent,
the Father.
omniscient, and omnipresent. When we keep our
eyes on Him, we will see the difficulties in the proper This is a critical time for you. However, if you
perspectiveas a way for Him to show us His glory. choose to believe Gods promises to you, it will be a
season that strengthens your relationship with Him.
The Consequences of Faith Failures Proverbs 3:5-6 affirms, Trust in the Lord with all your
heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In
When we refuse to believe that God will do as
all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make
Hes promised, we often experience devastating
your paths straight. So do not allow your faith to
consequences. We are in danger of:
fail. Instead, place your trust in Gods provision with
n Suffering disappointment. complete confidence that He will never let you down.
n Developing a distorted view of our trials. n Do you keep a journal of the times God has been
n Causing others to suffer. faithful in your life? How could this journal be
n Blaming others for our failings. beneficial in times of uncertainty?
n Missing life at its best. n In what aspect(s) of your life are you still not fully
trusting God? What can you do this week to begin
n Experiencing Gods correction.
to change this?
Overcoming Failing Faith
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